Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

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Vikings edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith became fast friends at the Pro Bowl in Orlando in January 2020. They became teammates in March when Smith signed with the Vikings.

“The first time I met him (at the Pro Bowl), he was a cool, young, good overall character and all that stuff,” Hunter said, via Chris Tomasson of The Pioneer-Press. “He came here, (and) I was excited about it. He texted me saying he was coming here, and we started developing a bond.”

Hunter had 14.5 sacks in both 2018 and 2019 before appearing in only seven games the past two seasons because of injuries. Smith played only one regular-season game in 2021 with the Packers, because of a back injury, but he had 13.5 sacks in 2019 and 12.5 in 2020.

The pass rushers have adopted the Purple People Eaters’ motto of “meet at the quarterback.”

If both are healthy, they should rank among the best in the NFL.

“I say one of the best in the NFL,’’ Smith said. “But you know, it’s too early. We’re just going to keep working and getting better at our craft, and you’ll see the results here in the season.”

7 responses to “Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

  1. Health is the only concern here.These two could terrorize teams if they are both healthy and on the field. The Vikings secondary will be much improved if these two are able to play the entire season.

  2. That’s nice. If they can combine for close to 30 sacks… that would be great.

  3. Kendricks, Smith, Hunter, Z getting a bit long in the tooth. The Monster D in the NFC North will … for once … be in Green Bay.

    Where the lockdown corner just saved the team $6.2 million to shop the bargain bin.

  4. “Smith found his dream destination” . . . if he isn’t interested in contending for a title, unfortunately . . .

  5. Back and neck issues – those never derail promising careers. What could possibly go wrong?

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